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Johnny Kilbane
Global ID11865
sexmale
birthdate 1889-04-18
death date 1957-05-31 (68)
divisionfeatherweight
height5′ 5″   /   165cm
reach68″   /   173cm
country USA
residenceCleveland, Ohio, USA
birth placeCleveland, Ohio, USA
birth nameJohn Patrick Kilbane
won 49 (KO 24) + lost 5 (KO 3) + drawn 7 = 62
rounds boxed 533
Newspaper Decisions won 61 : lost 11 : drawn 8
rounds boxed 702
Total Bouts 142 KO% 16.9
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1923-06-02Eugene Criqui97-11-14
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALTKO615
referee: Jack Appell
World Featherweight Title
1921-09-17Danny Frush31-3-3
Dunn Field, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO712
time: 1:24 | referee: Walter C Kelly | judge: Tommy Terrell | judge: Franklin Davies
World Featherweight Title
Frush had to make 126lbs at ringside and did not move the beam while Kilbane fought at catchweights. His handlers said he weighed 128. A few days later Frush issued a statement claiming the Featherweight Title anyway, despite his loss. He claimed he had been fouled several times by Kilbane, including being knocked in the groin by a knee. He had waited until motion pictures of this bout came out, he said, according to some newspapers of the day, so that the public could see for themselves evidence supporting his allegations. Frush down in the sixth and three times in the seventh.

1921-05-25Freddie Jacks64-36-11
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Kilbane won the "newspaper decision" (Chicago Tribune)
1920-07-28Artie Root3-3-1
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Mansfield News
1920-06-02Andy Chaney26-12-7
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS88
Chaney won the "newspaper decision" by winning the first 6 rounds with the seventh being even and Kilbane winning the eighth (Atlanta Constitution).
1920-05-24Harry 'Kid' Brown10-1-1
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Both the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Record, reported Brown as the winner. The Record thought that Kilbane won.
1920-04-21Alvie Miller15-6-2
Opera House, Lorain, Ohio, USAWKO710
1920-02-25Benny Valger25-3-1
Newark Athletic Club, Newark, New Jersey, USALNWS88
referee: Slim Brennan
Newspaper decision for Valger from Igoe (NY World), Fred Hawthorne (NY Tribune), NY Telegraph, NY American, NY Times, George B. Underwood (NY Evening Telegram), Thomas S. Rice (Brooklyn Daily Eagle), Louis H. Jaffe (Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger), Chicago Tribune, AP (7-0-1), Jack Veiock (INS), Universal Service ("Kilbane, a mere shade of his former self, fought on the defensive most of the way").
Newspaper decision for Kilbane from Charles F. Mathison (NY Sun), Jim Jab (Pittsburg Press), UP (4-3-1).
Kilbane claimed $1000 weight forfeit when Valger came in 3/4-pound over at 3 pm.

1920-01-24Johnny Murray7-0-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Murray won the "newspaper decision." (Philadelphia Record) However, the Record is outvoted by the Public Ledger and the Inquirer, both of which gave the newspaper decision to Kilbane.
1920-01-01Al Shubert52-9-21
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Three of three Philadelphia newspapers gave Kilbane as winner.
1919-12-29Andy Chaney20-11-7
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALNWS88
Chaney won the "newspaper decision"(Chicago Tribune)
1919-09-20Eddie Morgan0-3-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane dropped Morgan twice in the third round and won the newspaper decision. Source:Boston Globe. Three Philadelphia newspapers all had Kilbane the winner (Inquirer, Record, Public Ledger.
1919-09-16Frankie Burns41-4-8
International League Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWTKO58
time: 1:40 | referee: Harry Ertle
From the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-07-28Joe Fox57-11-11
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane won the "newspaper decision" (Chicago Tribune) He also won the newspaper decision as given in the >i>Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1919-05-14Ralph Brady9-2-1
Grand Theater, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Sandusky Register
1919-04-19Johnny Maloney2-1-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO66
Result from three Philadelphia newspapers, the Record, Inquirer, Public Ledger.
1919-04-12Jack Lawler6-3-5
Charleston, West Virginia, USAWNWS1010
Source for ND: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
1919-04-05Artie O'Leary1-2-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Kilbane from Philadelphia Inquirer, AP ("Kilbane had the best of every round, and the New Yorker was tired and hanging to the ropes at the finish"), Harrisburg (PA) Patriot ("It was Kilbane's fight all the way, and O'Leary was very glad to hear the final bell").
1919-03-31Johnny Mealey12-0-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
time: 1:21
This fight did not occur on April 1, as was previously shown here. It was reported as taking place on March 31 by three Philadlephia newspapers: Record, Public Ledger, Inquirer, and the result was as shown here.
1919-03-10Frankie Brown6-6-6
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Kilbane was floored in round three, according to the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala). The Public Ledger, the Inquirer, and the Record all named Brown the winner of the newspaper verdict.
1917-07-25Benny Leonard34-4-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO36
Result reported in Philadelphia newspapers (Philadelphia Record, Philadelphia Public Ledger. According to Boxing, August 22, 1917, page 212, Kilbane took a bad licking and his corner threw in the towel when he was floored at the end of the third round.
1917-05-24Frankie Fleming44-4-4
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWNWS1010
Source for ND: Lima Daily News
1917-05-01Freddie Welsh70-3-6
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy Joh
Kilbane won the newspaper decision. (NY Sun gave Kilbane 9 of ten rounds, NY Times gave Kilbane 8 of ten rounds.)
1917-04-19Matt Brock22-3-4
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Kilbane was better (Chicago Tribune).
1917-03-26Eddie Wallace12-2-0
Park Theatre, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USADNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Norwalk Hour
This fight was recorded by the Ring Record Book as being for the title but it was never reported as such by local newspapers.

1917-03-19Eddie Shannon20-12-17
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Shannon was down in the 3rd. Kilbane won the newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and from the Philadelphia Record.
1917-03-12Tim Droney5-0-0
York, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane "easily outpointed" Droney. (Daily Northwestern)
1917-02-26Rocky Kansas25-2-1
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Joe Suttner
Kansas knocked Kilbane down in 5th; win for kansas from Lima Daily News & Buffalo Boxing Record
1917-02-03Johnny Ray12-1-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of Kilbane from both the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Record.
1917-01-18Johnny Drummie1-1-0
Auditorium, Waterbury, Connecticut, USAWKO1012
catchweights
1916-12-11Alvie Miller14-5-2
Grand Opera House, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Youngstown Vindicator
1916-09-04George KO Chaney48-5-3
Cedar Point Arena, Sandusky, Ohio, USAWKO315
time: 2:27 | referee: Matt Hinkel
World Featherweight Title
Kilbane's glove broke in first round and bout delayed for replacement. Both fighters made 122lbs ringside.

1916-06-13Johnny O'Leary31-7-18
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWNWS1010
AP gave fight to Kilbane. Buffalo Boxing Record
1916-05-24Eddie Wallace12-2-0
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDNWS1010
referee: ? Armstrong
In the 5th round, following a clinch, Kilbane hit Wallace when the latter was bent over the ropes, and the Brooklyn boy went through, striking his head on the floor. He was given three minutes rest to recover from the shock. report in the Lethbridge Herald
1916-05-08Willie Jackson5-0-1
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO56
From the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
1916-03-24Harry Donahue4-1-0
Harlem S.C., Harlem, New York, USAWNWS1010
(New York Times)
1916-03-04Johnny Ray12-1-1
Power Auditorium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from Pittsburgh Post. Kilbane outboxed Ray in the first four rounds. The last two rounds developed into a slugfest and Kilbane won both.
1916-02-16Johnny Creeley12-2-2
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USAWNWS1010
Kilbane won the Newspaper Decision (Chicago Tribune).
1916-01-31Packy Hommey17-3-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane won the newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
1916-01-15Frankie Conifrey3-0-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Record, both of which favored Kilbane.
1916-01-08Patsy Cline2-0-3
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
Kilbane cut loose early in the second round, and dropped Cline for a count of nine. He regained his feet and Kilbane reached over with a hard right which put him down for the count. After the referee counted Cline out Kilbane rushed over and carried the defeated boy to his corner. Also incorrectly recorded as occurring January 6th. New York Times
1916-01-01Richie Mitchell5-0-1
Cincinnati, Ohio, USALNWS1010
Mitchell won the newspaper decision. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
1915-12-02Patsy Brannigan20-4-9
Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
"Johnny Kilbane gave Patsy Brannigan a beating." (Washington Post)(Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)
1915-11-22Packy Hommey17-3-0
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee
1915-11-15Bobby Reynolds7-3-4
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of Kilbane from both the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Record.
1915-10-11Cal Delaney15-0-5
Akron, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
Kilbane won the newspaper decision. (Stevens Point Daily Journal)
1915-09-21Richie Mitchell5-0-1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press
1915-09-06Alvie Miller12-4-2
Cedar Point Arena, Sandusky, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Elyria Evening Telegram
1915-05-11Mel Coogan9-1-0
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Tribune
1915-04-29Benny Leonard17-4-0
Federal A.C., Atlantic Gardens, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times had it a draw. A comprehensive report in the New York Tribune gave the bout to Kilbane-"There was scarcely a round of the ten in which Kilbane did not force the fighting, and he landed the greater number of clean punches throughout the battle." Jack Kincaid found that the World favored Leonard and the Journal called it a draw, but the Press (George Underwood), Mail (Rube Goldberg), American, Sun, and Tribune all called Kilbane the winner.
1915-03-30Eddie Wallace11-0-0
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times. Also three Brooklyn newspapers unanimously gave the decision to Kilbane.
1915-03-17Kid Williams44-3-1
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of Kilbane from the Philadelphia Record and the Illustrated Boxing Record.
1915-02-13Eddie Morgan
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane won the newspaper decision according to the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala); the Philadelphia Record called it a draw.
1915-02-01Rocky Kansas22-1-1
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Joe Suttner
Buffalo Courier and Buffalo Times
1915-01-23Eddie Morgan
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane won the newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Record.
1915-01-08Frankie Daley12-1-0
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee
1915-01-01Patsy Brannigan20-2-9
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Brannigan clearly won the newspaper decision according to the Pittsburgh Post. Jim Jab of the Pittsburgh Press scored it as an easy win for Kilbane. The UP also scored it for Brannigan.
1914-12-14Willie Houck14-8-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of Kilbane from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala); the Philadelphia Record considered the fight to be a draw.
1914-12-07Joe Mandot40-8-5
Akron, Ohio, USALNWS1212
referee: Edward W. Smith
A draw from Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade, Cleveland Leader, Philadelphia Record, Pittsburgh Post, Pittsburgh Gazette Times. Newspaper decision for Mandot from Akron Times, Canton Repository, Pittsburgh Dispatch, Chicago Record. Referee Smith said he gave a slight shade to Mandot.
1914-07-02KO Mars7-1-0
Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
referee: Edward W. Smith
Newspaper decision from the Newark Advocate. The Pittsburgh Post reported a decisive win for Kilbane.
1914-05-29Benny Chavez14-3-2
Denver, Colorado, USAWKO215
referee: Abe Pollock
Chavez down twice
1914-04-22Bobby Reynolds3-1-3
Windsor A.C., Windsor, Ontario, CanadaWNWS88
Newspaper decision for Kilbane from Windsor Evening Record, Boston Globe.
1914-04-16Kid Julian11-5-0
Syracuse, New York, USAWNWS1010
Buffalo Courier
1914-04-13Frankie Daley12-1-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
A very tame affair. Daley down in the fourth round from a left hook after referee warns fighters to start fighting in the third round. Source:Boston Globe Kilbane was adjudged the winner by the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Record.
1914-04-06Gene Delmont8-4-1
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USAWNWS88
referee: Billy Haack
Kilbane won the newspaper decision. (Atlanta Constitution)
1914-02-11Tommy Bresnahan5-5-7
Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, USAWNWS1010
Kilbane won $1000.00 for this bout (Syracuse Herald).
1914-02-07Charley Thomas4-1-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Chicago Tribune Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) in favor of Kilbane.
1914-02-02Eddie Moy15-4-2
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Kilbane won the "newspaper decision."
1914-01-05Eddie Moy15-3-2
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO56
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1913-11-10Eddie O'Keefe13-4-2
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
time: 2:40
Result from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala). The fight ended at just 2:40.
1913-10-30KO Mars6-0-0
Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO710
According to the Dec. 3, 1924 Tacoma News-Tribune, this was a title bout, and Mars was considered perhaps the youngest ever to have fought for a title. However, the title would have only been at risk in a newspaper decision fight.
1913-10-08Kid Julian11-5-0
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
New York Times Julian down in 6th.
1913-09-25Joe Goldberg11-2-0
Olympic A.C., Rochester, New York, USAWNWS1010
Kilbane won the "newspaper decision." easily. Buffalo Times
1913-09-16Jimmy Walsh32-9-20
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
referee: Jack McGuigan
AP reported Kilbane defended title at catchweight (Walsh much lighter), but not reported as such by Boston Globe or Boston Post. Should not be considered a title fight per the following reports; From 09/16/13 Boston Globe: "The champion featherweight, who will be more a lightweight going in the ring, figures with that advantage that he will be able to defeat Walsh." And from 09/15/13 Boston Globe: "That Kilbane fears Walsh is evident, when he would not make any weight for the bout, but will come in as a lightweight and not a featherweight."
1913-06-10Jimmy Fox15-5-9
Wheelmen's Club, Oakland, California, USAWTKO610
referee: Toby Irwin
According to the 'San Francisco Chronicle' newspaper it was a catchweight contest over 10 rounds with Kilbane looking to weigh about 130 lbs
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